Nowadays, speed is of primary importance, no matter what type of website you are running. If your website is too slow to load, your visitors will leave it, and even worse, search engines too will not favor it over other faster sites. While there are a zillion ways to speed up your website, having a fast Content Delivery Network can really boost up the performance of your site, by offloading the bulk of the content from a range of cloud servers, thereby reducing the load times and pagespeed results.
A CDN is especially useful if you are running a multimedia or resource-heavy website. Now, since there are so many Content Delivery Networks out there, which one do you choose? Of course, it all depends on your needs, and in this article, I have enlisted some of the top Content Delivery Networks that you can pick from to boost your website’s speed and performance. [How to Improve your Joomla Speed]
No discussing of CDNs can ever be complete without mentioning CloudFlare. It is one of the leading CDN providers out there, and offers both free and premium plans. In fact, CloudFlare can do a lot that many other CDN providers cannot: free DNS hosting, free shared SSL certificate, DDoS protection, Web Application Firewall, you name it! So CloudFlare, essentially, offers both speed and protection for your website.
MaxCDN is what nearly all the major design blogs and technical publications use. It is similar to CloudFlare in terms of features and support, and offers worldwide datacenters and cloud infrastructure to boost up the page load times by quickly serving your cached content to the visitors. That said, MaxCDN does not have a free plan, and unlike all the other options on this list, MaxCDN is a premium-only service. You can, however, get a limited-time free test account.
Incapsula is pretty similar to CloudFlare in terms of features: you get Content Delivery Network, DDoS protection, Load Balancing servers, Firewall and brute force protection, and a lot more. Much like CloudFlare, Incapsula too has both free and paid plans that you can pick from.
However, unlike CloudFlare, Incapsula’s primary focus is on website security and performance, and CDN in itself is one among the many secondary things that are on offer.
Big enough to cover all your needs and small enough to meet all your special requirements. CDN77 takes special care of their customers while providing a reliable CDN network and one of the cheapest rates on the market.
Relatively lesser known and not so popular, Coral CDN is a hidden gem in its own right. In simple words, it is a peer to peer solution that you can use as a CDN service, for free, to save your bandwidth and speed up your website’s performance.
jsDelivr also has its own WordPress plugin for easy integration with WordPress websites.
Speaking of WordPress websites, Automattic’s own Jetpack plugin has a Content Delivery Network built within itself as a module. Known as Photon, this module, when activated, caches your images and serves them on the fly via WordPress.com’s cloud servers.
Swarmify is a relatively newer player in the field. The free plan lets you transfer up to 250 GB of data — this is ideal for a medium-sized website, but for any heavy or extremely busy website, you will probably be better off with a CloudFlare or MaxCDN plan. What do you think of these CDN options? Planning to use any of them or are you currently using any of these? Share your views in the comments below!